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Choosing for Happiness


Published 1950


Premarital advice for young women.


Run time 12:45
Producer Affiliated Film Producers
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W

Shotlist

Discusses a young woman's negative appraisal of each new man she meets. Ultimately, she learns that selfanalysis must come first, that she must accept the possibility of making certain changes in herself and fewer demands on other people.

EVE QUESTIONS "IS HE RIGHT FOR ME?" EACH TIME SHE MEETS A NEW BOY. EACH EXPERIENCE ENDS WITH THE BOY RESISTING HER ATTEMPTS TO CHANGE HIM. A FRIEND MAKES MARY REASSESS HER OWN ACTIONS.

Ken Smith sez: "Mary" is the level-headed narrator of this film, which was shot on the campus of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Mary's headstrong college chum, "Eve," is "attractive and full of life," but Mary is surprised because "she isn't already engaged." In a series of flashbacks, we see Eve's history of recent boyfriends -- none of whom were right for her. In the end, obstinate Eve learns that "we must learn to change ourselves, rather than change others," but she still ends up without a boyfriend.
This is one of five films in the Marriage For Moderns series, based on the textbook of the same name by Henry A. Bowman (guess where he taught). Watch for the scene where Eve idly makes a heart out of pebbles, while bad boyfriend Arthur ("the Brain") makes the equation for the area of a circle.
The fact that Eve is searching for a husband at an all-women school is never questioned.

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Reviews

Reviewer: JayKay49 - - September 3, 2014
Subject: Eve

Hon, you're out of whack for 1950.

The closest she gets to a guy she can stomach would in those days be the most likely to beat the fluff out of her one day.

Skip boys, Eve. Get a dog. You can boss him around all you want and he'll just love ya back.
Reviewer: Victor Von Psychotron - - June 30, 2014
Subject: It's all about Eve.
Eve wants to control everyone around her, much to the disappointment of every guy she meets. Thankfully, her new friend, Mary, gives her a bit of enlightenment and essentially tells her she's overbearing and controlling. It's a cute slice of 1950's dating Americana, with even a not-so-subtle spanking fetish joke thrown in for good measure.
Reviewer: jenniferger - - August 28, 2008
Subject: Gah!
"You're not like other girls... you're really smart; almost like a man!" I want to PUNCH that guy in the face.

I don't have a problem with Eve... She's human, she's flawed, and she rings truer to me than most of the meek, soft-spoken, boring protrayals of women in the 50s...or maybe the actress is just better than usual. :D
Reviewer: autoguy - - November 21, 2005
Subject: Clueless Cousins
This timeless film clearly shows how human nature will never change, and it as valid today as ever. A rather reserved young woman observes the behaviours of her cousin Eve, and suggests changes she feels would be beneficial. Eve, an outgoing and aggressive type, seems to have problems with all the boys she meets. Does anyone in this film even have a clue why? Only one person does, but only for a fleeting moment. Eve cannot understand her own needs, and every boy she meets is dumb as a stump. Eve is merely seeking an alpha male. One who can step up to the plate and grab the reigns. She pushes, then waits to see if they push back, but only finds impotent wimps. Eve sees what will get her attention when one boys threatens to spank her! Finally, a boy with a clue?! So naturally, she challenges him to do so! Does the boy continue this potent primal dance of human nature? NO! Eve waits for that push to come back, and only gets another LOSER. No one understands that pushing the right buttons on Eve will unleash a fury of passion that will have any boy walking funny for days! Standing up to Eve will keep things on the middle ground. It commands her respect, and Eve will LOVE every second of it. She will not even know why herself! Yes, play Eve's game PROPERLY and watch the fireworks go off, and she can use ME for a launch pad! As true today as ever, but they have no clue. DAMN I wish knew that stuff when I was a young punk!!
Reviewer: ERD - - November 2, 2005
Subject: For another generation
The film probably made a lot of sense to the early 1950's generation.
Reviewer: dynayellow - - July 21, 2004
Subject: biyotch!
Jeez, Eve, you think you can stop controlling people for five seconds?

College bud Mary (who's internal narrator voice is very different from her spoken voice) has to tackle her friend Mary's psychosis of controlling every aspect of the men she dates.

I didn't find the film especially derogatory to women (other than the fact that Eve is, you know, nuts). Mary doesn't suggest that Eve should be subservient to men, or let one boss her around, just that Mary should be aware of who she is, and what she's doing (ordering people around).
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - July 13, 2004
Subject: Tips on Getting Your MRS Degree
College girl Mary narrates this film about her friend Eve, and why, despite EveÃÂs good looks, she hasnÃÂt found a husband yet. It turns out that Eve is as controlling as all get out, throwing a snit fit whenever a boyfriend fails to do exactly as she orders. The message here is that you canÃÂt change other people, you can only change yourself. ItÃÂs a sound message, as far as that goes, except that you donÃÂt get the feeling that young men during the 50s were getting the same message from social guidance films. When you take into consideration the blatant sexism of the 50s, itÃÂs disturbing to hear young women being encouraged to ÃÂtake men as they comeÃÂÃÂÃÂit seems to be more about subservience than about healthy relating, despite the fact that EveÃÂs controlling behavior is genuinely annoying, and the boyfriends are portrayed as decent sorts mostly. And the film is made in an annoyingly confusing style, with Mary narrating EveÃÂs story, when Eve really should be doing it herself. There are also bits of wacked-out dialogue that make you wonder what the writers could have been thinking, especially the scene with Eve and supernerd boyfriend Arthur the Math Major. This makes the film more confusing than it needs to be, and it makes me wonder how it went over with its intended audience.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
Reviewer: Darthdemona - - April 4, 2004
Subject: All About Eve
Eve has some serious issues. She is a passive-aggressive control freak, and I'm surprised anyone wants to be around her.

That being said, none of the boys she dates really seem to be any prize either--except Steve, he's adorable. At least the last guy she sees doesn't allow Eve to push him around, although if a guy told me I ought to be taken over someone's knee and spanked I would run the other way.

And is it just me, or do all of these films have a character named Mary?
Reviewer: Spuzz - - September 4, 2003
Subject: Well, can you BLAME the boys?
Pushy Eve goes over her love pains with her friend Mary. I suppose Eve just can't realize she's a) just a bitch on wheels and b) an UGLY bitch on wheels. All of her "boyfriends" are profiled, and why she ditched them. The reasons she ditched them are often laughable. Just seems to be one big creep out fest.
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